Portland, ME

A few weeks ago one of my childhood best friends came to visit Maine.
To say i was much needed and amazing would be an understatement. I picked her up at the airport early on a Friday morning and we spent the next two days exploring the coastline and eating way too many delicious treats.
I had yet to visit Portland Maine and with an adventure buddy we made it happen.
On the way we stopped at the Portland Headlight to catch a glimpse at another light house, see the grounds, and stretch our legs.
The rocky beaches and the blue hued water were stunning.
This chill laced the air and the melted snow left mud on the ground – it’s one of the most pretty parks I’ve seen since I’ve been up here.

We galavanted into Portland Maine.
Trying to find a parking spot was a smidge intense. The parking garages were SO DANG EXPENSIVE and we ended up finding a lot where we paid the meter. We didn’t really plan a day so we kind of walked aimlessly around. We grabbed lunch at this cute little Thai place, Mi Sen Noodle Bar, that was beyond scrumptious and rested our feet after a long day of walking around. We ended up doing more walking around but felt kind of lost, the temperature was dropping and there really was only one other place I knew I wanted to see – The Holy Donut.
Ok guys, this place was so beyond delicious.
By the time they got there they had sold out of a lot of their donuts (they are seriously in that high demand), but I got the dark chocolate donut and Ashlee got I think a maple donut.
Portland wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Maybe it’s because we didn’t plan the day that we ended up feeling, let down.
Not necessarily let down, but maybe more like meh. I’ve heard so many good thing about the city so I really think we just didn’t plan our visit well.
So if you have any Portland, ME tips I would love to hear them!

  • When I visited Portland, it was on a train from Boston so I was very limited to what was in walking distance after we cabbed in from the station–but I LOVED it. I think some cities are best visited in certain weather? I went in September when it was still warm and beachy. On our day trip we: ate at Duckfat (find it, it was incredible, get the fries), toured the Shipyard Brewing Company (which was free and really just meant lots of free drinks during the tasting…they have my favorite Pumpkin beer of any ever), and then we wandered town finally settling in to eat lots of seafood on a patio on the water.

    Duckfat: http://duckfat.com/
    I also remember there being a little bakery across the street-ish to Duckfat where we got delicious homemade whoopie pies.

    I’ve had similar city experiences, but I hope if you go back you find it more enjoyable! Still so wonderful that you got to see your best friend.

  • Expensive parking always puts a damper a day, especially when you are unprepared. Your photos are lovely. I think Bridget Hunt just shared about that donut place on her blog.

    • YES!
      I just read that post! 🙂
      Thanks Catherine!

  • this looks so fun!! I love dreamy towns like this!